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T*AnTi-V!RuZz

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Post 25 Sep 2013, 18:58

What in God's name is going on today!?

Hello all,

Since around 7:00 hours this morning we've been victim of a DDOS attack. We don't know why, because who would wanna bring down a KaM community? :?
During the day we figured out we were attacked, because at first we thought our VPS just didn't have enough resources. Luckily this is not the case. At this moment, we are still under attack.

Around 16:00 hours, Lewin found a way to fight off the attack on KaM.net (thank you Lewin). That way KaMRemake.com, KaMTS.eu, the Teamspeak Server and the KaM Remake Master Server were back online again. As if all this wasn't enough, our hosting provider went down completely (even their phone) so everything went down again. When they fixed that problem after a long hour, the DDOS continued on KaM.net.

We have installed some countermeasures to fight off the attack while having KaM.net online. Currently, our homepage is in maintenance mode, but our forum is active again. We'll try to bring back the website tomorrow during the day.

We apologize for the major inconvenience, but actually it's the fault of that one person that thinks it's nice to DDOS a KaM Community.

We hope we've seen the last of these problems, but please be aware that some issues still may arise. Just know that we're always ready to bring everything back online, as long as it is safe to do.

Tom
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Post 25 Sep 2013, 19:00

Re: What in God's name is going on today!?

Great work guys, I was really worried. :P Pity I don't have any knowledge I can help with. But hey, we have the guy with the appropriate name to handle this. :P
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Post 25 Sep 2013, 19:43

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Great job T*Anti and Lewin in getting the problem under control. I can't for the life of me fathom why someone would choose this site as the target of a DDOS attack. I mean I'm under the impression that they usually either try to make a stance by taking down some political website or then target some major website so that hundreds of thousands of visitors would be affected. But with this community just being about a game and it's remake...
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Post 25 Sep 2013, 20:14

Re: What in God's name is going on today!?

no iodea why they want to attack this, but thank god we have anti and lewin. My daily habit of having this forum open as a tab just broke and we all know how annoying it is when your habit get's interrupted.
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Post 25 Sep 2013, 20:49

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Someone really have to hate us...
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Post 27 Sep 2013, 08:50

Re: What in God's name is going on today!?

For those of you who haven't noticed yet: our website is back up.

Right now, all the websites and services hosted on our VPS are online and fully functional. The attack is still going, but we've weaponed our VPS bigtime, so the attack doesn't cause any more harm. There might be some minor hick-ups sometimes, but we'll have to deal with that until the attack stops. Meanwhile, there shouldn't be any problems using any of our services.

If you're experiencing problems, please contact me through info@knightsandmerchants.net OR use Twitter @KaMdotNet
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Post 27 Sep 2013, 08:51

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But what if the attacker steps his attacks a bit up and bypasses the defenses?
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Post 27 Sep 2013, 09:00

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dicsoupcan wrote:But what if the attacker steps his attacks a bit up and bypasses the defenses?

We focus our current defenses on his new attack. :)

And even if that takes a while, we just take down the target so the rest doesn't gets affected.
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Post 27 Sep 2013, 09:04

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ok that sounds pretty good. Thank you almighty general that defends our honor..... sorry i could not resist :(
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Post 27 Sep 2013, 09:10

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dicsoupcan wrote:ok that sounds pretty good. Thank you almighty general that defends our honor..... sorry i could not resist :(

Technically you should be thanking Lewin.

Although we take turns (when he sleeps, I do stuff and vice-versa) he's the one who implemented the current defense. We do discuss a lot together, so you could say we keep each other sharp ;)
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Post 27 Sep 2013, 09:15

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Yeah i forgot the s after general, i knew lewin was working on it aswell. I even figured krom worked on it.
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Post 27 Sep 2013, 09:17

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dicsoupcan wrote:I even figured krom worked on it.

That's not the case. Krom doesn't have access to the VPS.
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Post 27 Sep 2013, 12:27

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I did not worked on reflecting the attack, only reported to Tom when sites were down and asked about ins and outs while he did all the work.

I do appreciate Toms effort a lot :)
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Post 04 Oct 2013, 11:56

Re: What in God's name is going on today!?

Just a quick update for everyone, the attack is STILL ongoing, but thanks to our defences it is making very little difference to the performance of the server. The server is being hit with an average of over a million DDOS requests per day (average of over 11 per second) on top of all the normal stuff we ask it to do.

We're not sure why the attack is still happening when our websites have been unaffected by it for weeks. I thought that DDOS attacks would usually stop soon after the website puts defences in place. Anyway, at least everything is still working smoothly and it hasn't cost us anything to defend against, except for a bit of our time (which is good experience for us anyway)
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Post 04 Oct 2013, 14:58

Re: What in God's name is going on today!?

is there anything we can do to help? like not refreshing the forum every 5 mins some of us do?
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